From the depths of India’s sacred temples to the heights of the Himalayas, Monsoon weaves a rich tapestry of Indian melodic soundscape with creative and groovy improvisation

Monsoon is an Indo-Jazz collective that combines elements of creative Jazz and traditional Indian Classical music into a rich and meaningful cross-cultural expression. Captivating audiences with memorable original compositions that feature exotic Eastern melodies, worldly grooves and creative improvisations, that when combined create a truly unique musical experience. Monsoon’s synthesis of the deep spirituality and penetrating moods of India’s Ragas with the creative and harmonic expression from the West has innovated a fresh approach to Indo-Jazz, bringing Monsoon’s first CD release “Monsoon: Live at the Toronto Indo-Jazz Festival” international acclaim.

Monsoon features some of Canada’s most respected and versatile young musicians who have traveled the globe in search of a multi-cultural synthesis of musical expression.  Spending years in India learning the traditional art of Indian Raga music, brothers Jonathan and Andrew Kay weave intricate melodies on saxophone, bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and other exotic woodwinds, while Justin Gray’s collection of electric and acoustic basses sensitively compliment and provide a rich foundation.  Tabla virtuoso, Ravi Naimpally’s intricate solos highlight India’s complex rhythmic language, which Adam Teixeira assimilates into explosive grooves on the drums and cymbals.  Todd Pentney’s keyboards unite each element, sweetening the collective expression and harmonizing Monsoon’s unique compositional style.

Since Monsoon’s creation in 2006, the ensemble has made a large impact on the Canadian and International music scene. Monsoon has been featured in the Toronto International Jazz Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival and Small World Music Festival. They have also been a key element of the Toronto Indo-Jazz Festival, headlining for the past 5 years.  Monsoon has featured several World-renowned guest artists including Indian classical Maestro Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, tabla maestro Subhajyoti Guha, dilruba artist & bassist George Koller, New York City’s trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, Toronto based guitarist Ted Quinlan and Canada’s own trombone virtuoso Alastair Kay.

With the support of The Ontario Arts Council, Monsoon is currently recording their first full-length studio album, which will be released in the summer of 2014.

Monsoon Performance Highlights

Toronto Indo-Jazz Festival 2006-2013

Monsoon has headlined all five Toronto International Indo-Jazz Festival, starting with it’s inauguration in 2006 until last year in December 2013.  Over the years, the Toronto Indo-Jazz Festival has given Monsoon the platform to feature some of the world’s most distinguished musicians including one of India’s best Classical Indian vocalist from Kolkata, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, George Koller, Alastair Kay and Ted Quinlin.

Humber College Concert and Workshop 2011

Sharing music with the young aspiring students of Humber College was a memorable experience for Monsoon.  This concert featured Subhajyoti Guha, one of India’s best young maestros on the Tablas.

Monsoon featuring Ingrid Jensen 2010

To a sold out audience at The Rex Hotel, Monsoon took the stage with one of the world’s best jazz trumpeters from New York City, Ingrid Jensen, who’s creativity and musicianship elevated Monsoon’s compositions to new heights

Children’s Peace Theatre, Toronto 2010

The atmosphere at this wonderful and holistic outdoor venue enhanced Monsoon’s music to a captivated audience of youngsters.

Toronto International Jazz Festival 2007 & 2009

Featured at Toronto’s hotbed of jazz culture, The Rex Hotel has featured Monsoon multiple times over the years including two memorable performances on an International platform in 2007 and 2009.

Small World Music Festival 2008

Respected as one of the world’s most diverse and active world music communities, Small World Music Festival host Monsoon to a sold out audience at Lula Lounge in Toronto.

Guelph Jazz Festival 2008

Providing a cozy environment and an attentive audience, Guelph Jazz Festival hosted Monsoon for a night of their original Indo-Jazz.

Monsoon Discography

2012 - Live at the Toronto Indo-Jazz Festival (Monsoon-Music Productions)

2009 - Monsoon’s Arrival (Monsoon-Music Productions)

2006 - Traveling By Light (Monsoon-Music Productions)

“Monsoon’s thundering of earthy grooves, flashes of melodic soundscape, 
and outpouring of collective interaction creates a soulful tapestry of inspiring cross-cultural expression.”

							“Interstellar Review” 2013